Sheffield Robotics is pleased to announce the following seminar: 

Professor Phil Webb
Cranfield University

“Human/Robot Collaboration in Manufacturing”

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 at 14:00

Pam Liversidge Building, F12, Floor F

The integration of humans and robots within a shared industrial environment is a ‘hot topic’ in current manufacturing research. However, many barriers exist to its future exploitation. Most current applications are limited to force/torque limited ‘cobots’, which are only suitable for light handling and assembly tasks. Also in many industrial robot applications it is the end effector or process that is often the source of greatest danger and their payload limitations significantly restrict their use in applications where the superior force capability or lifting effort of industrial robots is required. A more flexible alternative is to use a mixture of conventional industrial robots and ‘cobots’ with adaptive safety systems that allow safe sharing of workspaces whilst facilitating varying degrees of interaction. To successfully implement such an environment key factors must be considered including task division and allocation, operator trust and acceptability, user interaction, safety and risk management. This presentation will describe how these factors can be considered to design and deploy collaborative automation effectively

Short biography:
Professor Phil Webb FIET
Professor Phil Webb is the head of the Centre for Structures, Assembly and Intelligent Automation at Cranfield University where he holds a Royal Academy of Engineering and Airbus Chair. He is also Deputy Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Intelligent Automation. He has over 20 years of experience in research into advanced automation and robotics. His particular specialism is the application of automation in the aerospace industry and he has worked with most of the major aerospace companies including Airbus, BAE System, Bombardier and Rolls-Royce.
He is a member of the SAE Automated Assembly and Fastening Committee and the Council of the British Automation and Robotics Association and has served as the UK representative to the International Federation for Robotics






Event date: 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 -
14:00 to 17:00